Recently Walmart apologized and said that the baker had no idea what the ISIS symbols stood for.
Chuck Netzhammer said that he wanted a Confederate flag to appear on a cake with the message “Heritage Not Hate.” He placed the order June 25 at a local Walmart store in Slidell, Louisiana but he was abruptly denied. A day later he came with a ISIS flag design ordering that the image feature on a cake. The order was executed no questions asked.
Mr. Netzhammer said he was puzzled by the store’s policy of accepting on a cake a flag that bears the sign of a terrorist group which kills with no remorse U.S. soldiers overseas, and publicly beheads Christians.
But in the wake of the event, Walmart publicly apologized. A representative said that their associate (the baker) didn’t know what the design was about and “made a mistake.”
“The cake should not have been made and we apologize,”
the Walmart spokesperson continued.
Mr. Netzhammer was so outraged that he even posted a video on YouTube about what happened. He told his viewers that anyone could buy an ISIS battle flag sheetcake but you couldn’t buy anymore a toy with a Confederate emblem on it such as a ‘Dukes of Hazzards’ car.
Yet, Walmart is not the only company to remove the Confederate flag from its product lines. Amazon, eBay and Etsy did it as well. All those companies announced last week that the Confederate flag was banned from their merchandize as a response to the massacre in a Charleston Church, in South Carolina, where nine African Americans were gunned down by a 21-year-old white gunman who was wearing the flag.
Walmart also explained last week that they didn’t want to “offend” anyone with the merchandize they offered. The spokesperson said that the retailer removed all Confederate emblems from their assortment both in-store and on-line.
In the aftermath of the massacre, several states reconsidered their position of the Confederate battle flag and took steeps to remove it from public view. The first was South Carolina whose governor announced he would remove the flag from the state capitol. Virginia said it would ban the flag from license plates, while Mississippi currently wants the flag to be removed from both its public institutions and the U.S. Capitol building.
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